Gender Roles . Regency England Is The Time Period In England

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Gender Roles Regency England is the time period in England from 1811 to 1820 in which neoclassical ideas resurged, creating distinctive trends in architecture, clothes, furniture, literature, and politics, establishing a new style of society. This time period is specifically distinguished as between the “Georgian Era” and the “Victorian Era.” Ultimately England’s society as an aeon acclaimed for its fine arts came new economic, social, and political changes. Specifically, females were given new roles in their society, in which some women did not approbate. With Pride and Prejudice’s opening line: "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife” (Austen 1) immediately…show more content…
They do not marry for love either. An example of a man with inheritance but in need of a wife is Mr. Collins. He comes to Loughbourn with the intentions of marrying one of the Bennett daughters, since he will be inheriting their own property. Because of his considerably well social status, descent profession as a clergyman, inheritance in property, and sufficient income, Mr. Collin feels he should have no trouble winning Elizabeth over when he proposes. But when Elizabeth turns down Mr. Collins, he moves on to Charlotte, a woman who, like Mr. Collins, believes love is not necessary for marriage, which is a practical attitude to have in this time period. Not necessarily rich nor beautiful, Charlotte is twenty seven and has no husband. In danger of being social humiliated, Charlotte is in desperate need for a husband. But while it is humiliating to be in the high twenties without a husband or wife, it is even more shameful for one to elope with a lover. Also through Lydia’s elopement is the argument of marriage as a social obligation supported. When Lydia and Mr. Wickham run away together, the Bennett family is concerned of the that the news of their elopement would damage their good name and reputation. The only way to save themselves from social humiliation was for the Bennetts to force Mr. Wickham to marry Lydia, and not for love. Jane Austen herself lived in England’s regency, putting herself in a position where she understands
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